At FreedomHomeschooling.com, we list several free all-in-one-curriculum programs. These programs include every subject your 4th grader will need. Homeschoolers often choose all-in-one programs because of the simplicity they provide. They take care of the planning and curriculum selection for you.
However, many homeschoolers, myself included, prefer to choose a separate curriculum for each subject. This allows us to customize our children’s education, choosing materials that fit their learning styles and individual needs in each subject area. Also, I’ve always enjoyed the variety that a more eclectic approach provides. Using the same approach and materials for every subject can become monotonous for some students.
If you’d like to piece together your own customized 4th grade curriculum, visit FreedomHomeschooling.com’s main page, and choose a subject area to explore from the menu. On that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources.
Below, I’ve provided a sample 4th grade Christian curriculum. This sample curriculum is intended to give you an idea of what a 4th grade curriculum could look like. Feel free to make substitutions as needed. If you have other children, you may prefer to study some subjects, like Bible, history, and science, together as a family.
Language Arts, Geography, and Art
The Good & the Beautiful (TGTB) Language Arts Level 4 covers reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography in one downloadable course. The course download includes Course Books Part 1 & 2, Level 4 Creative Companion, and Geography & Grammar Cards. TGTB recommends that you use their free assessment to determine if Level 4 is the correct placement for your child.
The Good & the Beautiful Language Arts includes spelling, but it is not taught as extensively as in other levels of their language arts curriculum. The entire Level 4 includes only 80 spelling words. Therefore, you may find it necessary to add an additional spelling curriculum. K12 Reader’s spelling curriculum includes 36 weeks of spelling lists. Each list has five different printable spelling activities to help support learning. Also, each week’s spelling words correlate to K12 Reader’s weekly reading comprehension worksheets.
For additional reading practice, either borrow books from your local library or download some of these classic readers. If you would like your child to work on reading comprehension, try Read Theory. This reading practice website starts children out with a placement test. Then, the child is given passages to read at their level. Based on how they answer the questions about the passage, their level will move slightly up or down. The site also keeps track of progress.
FreeMath uses online activities and printable worksheets. The lessons will need to be taught by the parent. You’ll notice that only 27 weeks of materials are included, rather than 36 weeks, which is a typical school year. This is because the curriculum skips the review often included in other math courses. If your child needs more review, consider adding Doctor Genius for online practice or K5 Learning or Dad’s Worksheets for printable worksheets. If your child does not require review, just progress to 5th grade math when your child completes 4th grade math.
To practice math facts and improve recall speed, you can either use flashcards or have your child practice online at XtraMath. XtraMath’s facts fluency program helps children master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. XtraMath tracks progress and generates reports for the parent/teacher. After the child has mastered an operation, they are awarded a printable certificate.
Free Sunday School Lessons was designed for use in a group setting but also works well for homeschoolers. There are 120 Old Testament lessons and 84 New Testament lessons. The lessons can be completed in any order, and you likely won’t be able to complete them all in a single school year. You can choose lessons to go with what your child is learning at church or topics you’d like your child to know more about. Each lesson includes a Bible story, discussion questions, a memory verse, worksheet, and a craft. The lessons are designed to be used with children from preschool through 4th grade, so some of the lessons will also include elements designed specifically for younger children. You will likely want to skip these parts with your 4th grader.
U Read Thru History is a Charlotte Mason inspired, literature-based approach to learning history. Each year your child will spend one semester learning World History and one semester learning American History. Year 4 covers the Civil War Era and Renaissance & Reformation. Each weekly lesson includes discussion questions and activities. If you are unable to find the books recommended in your local library, you may substitute any book that covers the same topic. If you choose to buy some of the books, save money by purchasing used books. For more information on how these history courses are set up, be sure to read the teacher’s guide.
Mystery Science offers a limited number of free annual memberships each week. Every time I have visited Mystery Science’s website there have been plenty of free memberships available. If there aren’t any when you visit, try again the next week and they should have more available. Mystery Science’s online lessons teach using a discovery approach. Each lesson features engaging videos which frequently stop for an activity or discussion. All of the experiments and activities use items that you should be able to find around your home or at your local grocery or discount store. This curriculum is designed for classroom use, but most of the activates are easily adapted to a smaller group or single child at home. Each lesson includes printable assessment questions, and many also include printable handouts or templates for use in the activities. Mystery Science’s units may be completed in any order. This makes it easy to choose science units to go with what your child is learning in other subjects or what they are currently interested in.
Practical Money Skills teaches children basic concepts about financial topics like saving money, comparison shopping, and managing their allowance. Each lesson includes a printable teacher’s guide and printable student materials. There are only four lessons, making Practical Money Skills a short unit that can be completed at any time during the school year.
Kids Sewing Projects offers sewing lessons for beginning through advanced sewing. The website’s lessons feature detailed tutorials with pictures of the steps. Some of the lessons also include videos. If your child has never sewn before, they probably need to start at Pre-Beginner Level 1. If they have already been sewing , or started this curriculum in 3rd grade, start at Beginning Level 2 or wherever they left off last year. Progress through the levels at your child’s pace.
Code.org’s Course E teaches visual block-based programming. Your child will practice coding with algorithms, loops, conditionals, and events before they are introduced to functions. In the second part of the course, they will design and create a capstone project they can share.
Typing.com teaches touch typing through interactive lessons. Your child may start at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. The program tracks progress and provides additional lessons for frequently missed keys.
Physical Education and Recess
Rather than following a set curriculum, simply allow your child plenty of free time for active play. If you would like some ideas, Chapter 3 (page 46) of Physical Activity for Everyone from the Center for Disease Control provides information about how much exercise children need, as well as, numerous suggested activities. If your child plays a sport or takes dance, karate, gymnastics, swimming lessons, etc, these can also be considered part of your physical education program. Your child may also enjoy these dance and exercise videos, especially when the weather isn’t good for outdoor play.
I hope this sample curriculum has been helpful. If you’re looking for guides for other grades, you can find them here.